It was April 5, 1994. I had just gotten home from high school, and was playing a video game while listening to late great New York alt-rock and new wave station WDRE when the deejay broke in to say a body had been found in Kurt Cobain’s home. As the story unfolded, I quickly shut off the video game and turned MTV on. Within minutes, Kurt Loder came on with a special report to break the news of the Nirvana frontman’s suicide. Loder — the voice of my generation in many ways — remained on the air with industry pros discussing Cobain’s legacy and the importance of his music. It eased some of the pain of the artist’s death by simply listening and watching the coverage. We need that today, and we’re not getting it. MTV used to make music news, cover it, and sometimes break it. It hasn’t done that for decades, and it doesn’t seem like they will ever again. Continue reading
On Sunday, I was in Los Angeles covering the 83rd Annual Academy Awards for the Huffington Post. As I reported from the red carpet, I secretly held out hope that the night would come with huge surprises. I hoped Darren Aronofsky would stun the crowd by winning Best Director. I thought Melissa Leo’s self-campaigning would sabotage her chances and fall to Hallie Steinfeld of True Grit. Most of all, I hoped Oscar voters would think outside the box and crown not a “King” but a royally good animated flick — Toy Story 3- as Best Picture. As we know, the night didn’t play out that way. That said, my evening’s biggest surprises took place after I left the red carpet.
Moments after leaving the glitz and the glamor, I found myself in an interesting pickle – not literally. Pickles are, after all, gross. I was in the entertainment capital of the world, steps away from the Kodak Theatre where the ceremony was taking place, and no matter how hard I tried, I simply couldn’t find a place to watch the telecast. As I walked along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, I gloriously found the irony of my predicament. I asked cops covering the carpet where to watch them, and was met with blank stares. I questioned event security and staff, and they looked at me like I had two heads. As I walked up and down the Hollywood Boulevard, my wife texted me the winners thus far. Continue reading
So, I got my start as a music journalist, interviewing this band and that, covering this show and that, reviewing this record and that. Honorable as my blogger beginning was, and much as I still love to wax wise about the music scene, this girl’s come a long way since she embarked on her writer-reporter path three years ago.
I was featured on The Cheap Pop roughly a month ago and return now to share some stellar news: I, Nell Alk, former Cheap Pop contributor, have been selected to participate in the 2nd round of the infamous Full Time Fabulous fashion blogger competition! You see, Sunglass Hut held a call-to-action in October, seeking exceptional 60-second video submissions conveying why said subject was worthy to be the face of the brand for a twelve-month period. Well, mine made the cut! Of 350 entrants, I came in 11th place in terms of viewer votes and, even better, a panel of judges selected me as one of ten who move on to duke it out for the ultimate blogger gig. I couldn’t be more amped.
December 1st – 31st, visit this site to read my pop-up blog; a living, breathing, constantly evolving digital resume of sorts. I aim to entertain, not to mention interest and inform. For sure there is a fashion bent, an accessories angle, a sunglasses undercurrent. But, in addition to this, I’ll be covering music, food, travel, lodging, architecture, tattoos, design, and so much more, through the lens of a Midwestern girl living in Manhattan (I am from Green Bay, Wisconsin and have been slowly taking over New York City since June 2006. Kidding. But oh-so-serious). From man-on-the-street photo posts to legit commentary on the latest culture clips, I’ll be keeping readers abreast of what touches my day-to-day life – and theirs.
And, I’d love nothing more than to hear from you. If you’re also a creative, going after what you want, share your story. Friend me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter. Become a Facebook fan. Comment on my posts [http://nell.fulltimefabulous.com/2010/12/in-pursuit-of-full-time-fabulous-welcome-from-nell-alk/]. Heck, go so far as to “Like” them or even re-Tweet and re-post them. I really want to engage my audience and build an interactive writer-reader relationship. Maybe we could grab a cup of coffee and conduct a Q&A. Or a phoner if you’re not from New York. Photographer? Writer? Artist? There could definitely be a place for you. Apart from Sunglass Hut’s Full Time Fabulous, I also contribute to NBC Niteside, MTV partner OurStage, Fabric Magazine , and Pomp & Circumstance. Please check out my ouvre, which includes over 15 outlets, among them InterviewMagazine.com and ZINK Magazine.
I may not be Eleanor Jackson, lead singer of La Roux, but I am Eleanor Alk (AKA Nell), the hopeful future face of Full Time Fabulous. And, believe me, I’m as Bulletproof as anyone. Just try me. No Jimmy Neutron-inspired ’do here, just a fashionable and talented arts and entertainment writer and reporter in New York with great experience and an endless eagerness to build still more skills, not to mention memories. Help me win this by visiting my blog early and often, as they say. Supporting me is the farthest thing from a mistake. I am smart, driven, dedicated, savvy, insatiable and unstoppable. I think outside the box. My ear’s to the ground, my finger’s on the pulse and I hustle harder than anyone to get the interview, the story, the spot on the red carpet. I won’t let you – or Sunglass Hut – down. Go on, read me! My blogs don’t bite. They kick butt!
Each week, Keith Powell subtly chews scenes as anal retentive Harvard grad writer Toofer on the comedy juggernaut 30 Rock. While he’s received kudos for that work, and rightfully so, his legacy may actually be referring to Simba of “The Lion King” as a douche in a recent web video. That takes guts. But, there’s more to Powell than co-starring on a celebrated Emmy Award winning comedy and throwing an animated cub under the bus. Powell is a well-established theater wiz who founded the Contemporary Stage Co. in Wilmington, DE a few years back, and acted, produced and directed there.
The stage was the farthest thing from Powell’s mind, however, when he sat down for an interview with me in New York City on Aug. 3. Instead, he was focused on returning to 30 Rock after a long summer hiatus, discussing the future of Toofer, and especially a Twitter campaign he’s currently involved in.
In a bizarre love triangle taking place for a good cause on the social media platform, Powell is vying for Alyssa Milano’s heart with “Old Spice” hunk Isaiah Mustafa. He’ll explain it in the videos below, but bottomline is the actress challenged “real men” to give money to the National Wildlife Federation in their effort to help wildlife in the Gulf Coast hurt by the BP oil opill. Mustafa caught Milano’s eye, and Powell’s reaction to that puts us where we need to be. (All info can be found at the following places:
www.twitter.com/realkeithpowell and www.firstgiving.com/realkeithpowell)
Keith Powell’s original “Real Man Challenge” video:
Stay tuned to www.TheCheapPop.com for coverage of Ozomatli’s free concert in Prospect Park. Until photos arrive, enjoy this brief video of a jackass lost in the trees.
Josh Lattanzi has been playing for years for artists like The Lemonheads and Albert Hammond, Jr. He formed The Candles in NYC in 2008, and their album is pretty fantastic. I caught up with him briefly before he hit SXSW running. Here it is:
How’d you come up with the name of your band and the name of your first album?
As with most important decisions I turned to the Ouiji board. Continue reading
We Shot The Moon are ready to take over the world. OK, perhaps not but they’re certainly ready for something big. The band just dropped “A Silver Lining,” and the album is just that. I spoke with lead singer Jonathan Jones, and here’s what he had to say about the band. Sadly, Judy Tenuta didn’t come up. Continue reading
By Stephen Klinck
These days, what are the chances you’d see Ashton Kutcher in the same room as a Pulitzer Prize winner and a copy of Reader’s Digest? Or better yet, what are the chances you’d see a copy of Reader’s Digest at all?
Despite the ailing magazine industry, Reader’s Digest — best known for populating the living rooms of yesteryear — still knows how to throw a good party. And not only a good party, but a party drawing aforementioned celebs, legendary journalists, and the posh, learned sophisticates of SoHo. Continue reading
Soulja Boy Tellem isn’t shy about it — he knew early on he was going to take over the world. “I knew I was going to be big. My numbers on the Internet were unbelievable,” the 19-year-old hip hop star said in an interview earlier this month.
It’s not exactly as big as, say, “Who Shot J.R.?” but all summer long the interweb has been posed a big question: “Who is Gary Go?” The answer is simple, and has nothing to do with Sue Ellen — and that my friends is the last “Dallas” reference I’ll ever write.
Gary Go is a rising UK star whose been gaining momentum by landing a spot touring with proud smutty pop star Lady Gaga abroad, posting quirky videos on his blog (he also posts 3D messages), and performing with just his iPhone at Wembley Stadium. Go’s self-titled debut drops next month, and I asked him all about it during an ever-so-brief (but enlightening) interview.
By Jon Chattman
Loni Love is everywhere – on TV anyway. The E! Entertainment Television host (Wildest TV Show Moments, Most Outrageous Moments) is seen doing that as well as her stand-up, and guesting on Chelsea Lately. I spoke to the Detroit native recently, and became an instant fan. Continue reading
Walk away…walk away…walk away… I WILL FOLLOW.
I have clouds in my coffee. I’m sure you do, too. Speaking of clouds, and lousy segues, We Make Clouds (http//www.zudacomics.com/node/1000) is a delightful, daily comic about life inside a mid-size marketing company. You know you’ve been there or are there. Seen through the eyes of rookie copywriter Drew, the comic explores the politics and absurdities of modern office life. Continue reading